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Holiday music seems pretty innocent. After all, children sing it, malls blast it in every store, and radio stations play it from Thanksgiving till 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Day. It’s part of the generally family-friendly holiday season. But many holiday songs are actually very sexual. Some imply that the narrator is definitely getting laid. Some tunes are obvious about it, but others are subtle. Those songs mention a lot of sexual snuggling: snuggling inside in front of the fireplace, snuggling in a sleigh, etc. Also, stopping under the mistletoe.
Yesterday, feminist website Broadly published a profile of 44 NFL players who have been accused of sexual or domestic violence. The profiles are categorized into two appropriate classifications: the Rapey Roster and the Domestic Violence/Violence Against Women Depth Chart. Each player’s offense(s) is detailed in his profile. The introduction explains that, “when we celebrate these men as athletes and role models while overlooking their alleged histories, we contribute to a culture in which violent misogyny is normalized.
To celebrate our December/January 2016 issue, BUST threw a party in NYC! We grooved to a live performance from alt hip hop star Lizzo (photo above; don't miss her on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tomorrow!) and sipped cocktails with names like Orange Crush The Patriarchy, As Told By Ginger-Ale and Hi-bitch-cus Chiller thanks to Titos Handmade Vodka and Drink More Good Syrups.  Check out photos by Gabi Porter below, then cure your FOMO by picking up our Dec/Jan issue, featuring Girls star Jemima Kirke, on newsstands now.
Sisters is almost here - and we can’t wait! Directed by Jason Moore - who you might know from a little movie called Pitch Perfect - the new comedy stars former BUST cover stars and our queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Plus, the supporting cast includes many other BUST favorites, like former BUST cover star Maya Rudolph, Heather Matarazzo (who we interviewed about Sisters in our Dec/Jan issue), Kate McKinnon, Samantha Bee and Rachel Dratch. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures to give one lucky BUST reader a Sisters party pack including:× ban.
Spoiler Alert  Last week on the way to a movie, my friend and I were approached at a bus stop. Two drunk men ambled up to us and tried to chat us up. Eight o'clock at night on a main street of a major city but (of course) no one else was around. It was just two twenty something women and these two big drunk guys, who wouldn't take no for an answer.That is the moment that I kept referring back to in my head this week as I binge-watched the new Netflix series Jessica Jones.
The former physical chemist and current German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. After her firm and welcoming stance on allowing Syrian refugees into Germany and her handling of the Greek debt crisis, both of which drew heavy criticism from Germany and the rest of the world, Time named her Person of the Year “for asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply.
The new exhibit "Who's Afraid of Women Photographers? 1839-1945," presented in two parts at Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, celebrates 150 years of photography by women in an era when they weren’t given their due. Artists include pioneering women like Dorothea Lange, who is acclaimed for her photojournalism during the Great Depression, and Julia Margaret Cameron, who took innovative portraits in the 19th century. The exhibit features portraits, candids, fantastical staged photography, and photojournalism.
Lucky is the story of a single Puerto Rican mother who is obsessed with Lil Wayne and covered in tattoos. Lucky Torres is a lesbian who grew up between foster care and homelessness, and her constant struggle to survive makes her heroism a vulnerable one. Throughout the film, Torres deals with a lot. Laura Checkoway, the film’s director, spent six years filming and working with Lucky—which was just enough time to give us a real view into the systemic issues, bigotry, and lack of support that made a warrior out of Torres.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings released the funky original holiday track “8 Days (Of Hanukkah),” a much-needed addition to the Hanukkah song catalog. The soul group counts down the eight days and nights with catchy verses that celebrate what’s great about the holiday: traditions, presents, and yummy Jewish food (I’m craving Challah right now). The tune is off Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ recent holiday album It’s A Holiday Soul Party, full of original tracks and covers. The record is an awesome addition to indie holiday music.
The BUST editors share their top picks for prezzies that’ll leave ‘em smiling all season long.    CALLIE WATTS Associate Editor 1. Rock On Wall Hook, $32 This devilishly awesome wall hook is ideal for hanging up tough leather jackets.  2. Ticket Stripe Sip Sip Tumbler With Straw, $14 This twee tumbler is perfect for cat lovers, silly chicks, and thirsty girls.   3. Digit Hear the News? Glass Set, $19.99 All the soothsayers on your list will already see this gift coming.    4.
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